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Threat's profile Threat indicator: HIGH

Name of the threat:Secure-surf.net

Command or file name:(randomname).exe

Threat type:Hijacker

Affected OS:Win32/Win64 (Windows XP, Vista/7, 8/8.1, Windows 10)

Affected browsers:Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari

Secure-surf.net is domain, that is used by hijackers to modify settings in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. It tries to resemble popular search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing. It is set up as default homepage and search engine in this browsers. Search queries are redirected to feed.snowbitt.com and then to search.yahoo.com. Hijacker collects search and browsing history and sells data to third party advertisers. Use instructions on this page to remove Secure-surf.net from browsers.


Secure-surf.net intrusion method

Secure-surf.net

Usually Secure-surf.net comes bundled with freeware downloads. During installation you can be offered to change default homepage and search engine to Secure-surf.net. Secure-surf.net copies its file(s) to your hard disk. Its typical file name is (randomname).exe. Then it creates new startup key with name Secure-surf.net and value (randomname).exe. You can also find it in your processes list with name (randomname).exe or Secure-surf.net. Also, it can create folder with name Secure-surf.net under C:\Program Files\ or C:\ProgramData. If you have further questions about Secure-surf.net, please ask below. You can use programs to remove Secure-surf.net from your browsers below.


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    • Removes all files created by Secure-surf.net.
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How to remove Secure-surf.net manually

This problem can be solved manually by deleting all registry keys and files connected with Secure-surf.net, removing it from startup list and unregistering all corresponding DLLs. Additionally missing DLL's should be restored from distribution in case they are corrupted by Secure-surf.net.

To get rid of Secure-surf.net, you should:

1. Kill the following processes and delete the appropriate files:

  • (randomname).exe

Warning: you should delete only those files which checksums are listed as malicious. There may be valid files with the same names in your system. We recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 Malware Remediation Tool for safe problem solution.

**Trial version of SpyHunter provides detection of computer viruses for FREE. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Spyhunter.

2. Delete the following malicious folders:

  • (randomname)

3. Delete the following malicious registry entries and\or values:

no information

Warning: if value is listed for some registry entries, you should only clear these values and leave keys with such values untouched. We recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 Malware Remediation Tool for safe problem solution.


Uninstall Secure-surf.net related programs from Control Panel

We recommend you to check list of installed programs and search for Secure-surf.net entry or other unknown and suspicious programs. Below are instructions for different version if Windows. In some cases adware programs are protected by malicious service or process and it will not allow you to uninstall it. If Secure-surf.net won't uninstall or gives you error message that you do not have sufficient rights to do this perform below instructions in Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking or use SpyHunter 5 Malware Remediation Tool.


Windows 10

  • Click on the Start menu and choose Settings
  • Then click on System and choose Apps & Features in the left column
  • Find Secure-surf.net under in the list and click Uninstall button near it.
  • Confirm by clicking Uninstall button in opened window if necessary.

Windows 8/8.1

  • Right click on the bottom left corner of the screen (while on your desktop)
  • In the menu choose Control Panel
  • Click Uninstall a program under Programs and Features.
  • Locate programs that can be connected with Secure-surf.net or other related suspicious program.
  • Click Uninstall button.
  • Wait until uninstall process is complete.

Windows 7/Vista

  • Click Start and choose Control Panel.
  • Choose Programs and Features and Uninstall a program.
  • In the list of installed programs find entries related to Secure-surf.net
  • Click Uninstall button.

Windows XP

  • Click Start
  • In the menu choose Control Panel
  • Choose Add / Remove Programs.
  • Find Secure-surf.net related entries.
  • Click Remove button.

Remove Secure-surf.net related extensions from your browsers

Secure-surf.net in some cases can be accompanied with browsers extension. We recommend you to use free option Toolbar Remover under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware to remove unwanted browser extensions related to Secure-surf.net. We recommend you to perform scan your PC with Removal Tool or Stronghold AntiMalware. To remove extenions from your browsers manually do the following:

Internet Explorer

  • While in Internet Explorer click cogwheel icon in the top right corner
  • In the menu choose the Manage Add-ons
  • Select Toolbar and Extension tab.
  • Choose add-on possibly related to Secure-surf.net or other related adware BHO.
  • Click Disable button.

Warning: This option will only disable unwanted plugin. For effective Secure-surf.net removal use SpyHunter 5 Malware Remediation Tool.

Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome.
  • In the address bar type chrome://extensions/
  • In the list of add-ons find related to Secure-surf.net and click recycle bin icon.
  • Confirm Secure-surf.net removal.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox
  • In the address bar type about:addons
  • Click Extensions tab.
  • In the list of extension locate ones related to Secure-surf.net.
  • Click Remove button near it.

Reset browsers search and homepage settings

Secure-surf.net can affect your browsers which results in browser redirection or search hijack. We recommend you to use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware to reset all the browsers at once. Mention that you need to remove all files and kill all processes belonging to Secure-surf.net before doing this. To reset your browsers manually and restore your homepage perform the following steps:

Internet Explorer

  • If you use Windows XP, click Start, and then click Run. Type the following in the Open box without quotes, and press Enter: "inetcpl.cpl"
  • If you use Windows 7 or Windows Vista, click Start. Type the following in the Search box without quotes, and press Enter: "inetcpl.cpl"
  • Click the Advanced tab
  • In Reset Internet Explorer settings, click Reset. Click Reset in opened window again.
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox to remove browsing history, search providers, homepage
  • After Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box

Warning: In case this option will not work use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.

Google Chrome

  • Go to the installation folder of Google Chrome: C:\Users\"your username"\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\User Data.
  • In the User Data folder, look for a file named as Default and rename it to DefaultBackup.
  • Launch Google Chrome and a new clean Default file will be created.

Warning: This option might not work if in Google Chrome you use online synchronization between PCs. In this case use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.

Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Firefox

  • Go to Help > Troubleshooting Information in menu.
  • Click the Reset Firefox button.
  • After Firefox is done, it will show a window and create folder on the desktop. Click Finish.

Warning: This option will also clean all your account passwords for all websites. If you don't want it use free option Reset Browsers under Tools in Stronghold AntiMalware.


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